Forum for children and their parents explores sexual development and maturity
Stephanie Hall and her 10-year-old daughter, Morgan, recently attended a Girlology forum at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. “I was nervous going in because I didn’t know what to expect,” said Hall. Now, Hall tells other parents that Girlology and Guyology are good introductions for parents and children to begin talking about puberty with physicians who make the conversation comfortable and engaging instead of awkward.
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital is sponsoring Girlology, “Something New About You,” and Guyology, “Just the Facts,” at Palmetto Health Richland Sunday, Sept. 11, from 1-5 p.m. Designed for fourth and fifth graders, the forum for children and their parents explores questions and issues about sexual development and maturity in a fun and engaging way. There also are forums tailored to fifth and sixth graders. Cost for one child and one parent is $40. The discounted rate is made possible through the support of Children’s Hospital. Each child will be given a book and goody bag.
Girlology and Guyology are physician-developed, physician-led programs that have been shared at hospitals, schools, churches and private homes nationwide with more than 5,000 pairs of children and parents over the past 12 years. The forums will be led by pediatrician and Girlology and Guyology co-founder, Trish Hutchison, M.D. and pediatrician and Girlologist, Laura Ledlie, M.D.
"Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital is very pleased to be able to present this opportunity for the girls and guys in our community,” said Diane Bagnal-Moody, administrative director of Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. “We feel that the information our children receive needs to be accurate and provided in such a way that they will learn what is necessary, and we feel that this Girlology/Guyology program does that.”
“You would much rather your child learn the facts from doctors instead of going to the Internet or their friends,” said Hall. “I highly recommend Girlology and Guyology. The doctors are very down-to-earth and the information is presented in a way that opens the door to further conversation.”
Girls and boys today are facing puberty at younger ages while they’re also exposed to sexualized images and messages earlier due to media and the Internet. Additionally, sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy still occur at a much higher rate in the U.S. than other developed countries. One factor is that American parents still aren’t comfortable talking about adolescent sexual development and sexuality with their children. In the digital age, parents and children need to have honest, timely and confident conversations about sexual development.
Girlology and Guyology forums are Sunday, Sept. 11, at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, 7 Medical Park Dr. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Learn more or register at www.girlology.com.
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Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is South Carolina’s first children's hospital and has more than 150,000 children’s visits each year. It offers more than 30 subspecialties to meet the unique health care needs of children and has central South Carolina's only Children’s Emergency Center. With more than 350 professionals who work exclusively with children, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital has a team of highly skilled and trained experts unmatched by any hospital in the Midlands. Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is the place to go for children's medical care, because the best care matters.
Girlology provides medically accurate, age-appropriate sexuality education for kids and parents delivered with cringe-free candor, wit and sometimes a little sassiness. Girlology is a physician-developed and physician-led program that’s currently expanding into new markets. Since 2003, Girlology has been helping parents and kids have conversations that matter – from the body changes of puberty to “the talk” and more. These conversations create a foundation to help keep the lines of communication open between parents and kids as adolescents grow into young adults.